Kia has revealed the primary official photographs of the up to date Ray, an city car that has been round since 2011. Like its predecessors, the 2023 Kia Ray will more than likely stay solely obtainable within the Korean market.
The Kia Ray was launched in 2011 and acquired a light facelift in 2017 earlier than gaining a extra complete replace for 2023. Town automotive that appears like a miniature minivan shares its underpinnings with loads of fashions from the Hyundai-Kia group, together with the Kia Picanto, the Hyundai i10, and the Hyundai Casper.
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Regardless of the model’s age, adjustments for the 2023 MY are targeted on the outside, which integrates Kia’s newest design language. The spotlight is the redesigned entrance finish with vertically positioned LED headlights surrounding a completely lined grille that homes the brand new KIA badge. The entrance bumper adopts a cleaner look, with a single opening and an aluminum-style skidplate. We’re in all probability a completely electrical variant which explains the absence of cooling intakes.
The profile seems equivalent to the outgoing Ray, excluding the brand new wheels. We will’t see the left aspect of the car however we guess that the Ray retains its signature sliding door for the rear passengers. On the again, adjustments are restricted, with new LED taillights being linked by means of the redesigned tailgate. The rear bumper can also be extra trendy with a diffuser-style aspect and smaller reflectors.
Inside, the one option to inform the brand new Ray aside from its predecessor is the digital instrument cluster and the darker trim parts, as the remainder of the dashboard seems to have been carried over.
In typical Kia fashion, the preview didn’t embody any specs for the up to date model which is clearly based mostly on the identical underpinnings. We anticipate Kia to retain each the ICE-powered and EV variants of the Ray. The present ICE-powered model is fitted with a 1.0-liter MPI engine mated to a four-speed computerized gearbox. As for the electrical Ray which was Kia’s first manufacturing EV, it will get a single electrical motor producing 67 hp (50 kW / 68 PS) and a 16.4 kWh lithium-ion battery permitting 138 km (86 miles) of vary.
We’ll study extra concerning the 2023 Kia Ray within the coming weeks, as we get nearer to the market launch in Korea that’s scheduled for September. Pricing is anticipated to stay near its predecessor, which begins from 13,550,000 gained ($10,398).